Living fossil James Dobson, who seems to have become an afterthought among Christian right leaders over the last decade, gave the usual wingnut reaction to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. It isn’t really about equality, it’s all about destroying Christianity, closing churches, throwing ministers in prison, persecuting Christians who own businesses…blah blah blah…HITLER!
Nice spin. Telling people they can’t discriminate against gay people is “persecution” of those who want to discriminate. Funny, I’ve never heard him make that argument for any other anti-discrimination law. Christians are protected under both state and federal law against discrimination. Would Dobson agree that therefore Christians are persecuting non-Christians who wish to discriminate against them? Of course not. Repeat after me: Special pleading. It’s all about maintaining Christian privilege.
This Court decision is not about same-sex marriage, except only tangentially. Many gay and lesbian groups have admitted that marriage has never been their primary objective. Instead, it is about everything else. What’s at stake is the entire culture war. To begin, it is an expression of hostility toward people who take their Christianity seriously. As you probably know, certain groups and organizations hate us. It is about weakening the Church of Jesus Christ and limiting what pastors and ministers can say and do publicly. It is about undermining the religious liberties of Christians that are guaranteed by the Constitution. It is about attacking Christian schools, Christian non-profit organizations such as Family Talk, and Christian businesses, hospitals, charities, and seminaries. It is about Christian colleges and universities, and about whom their leaders choose as professors and what their students will be taught. It’s about government funding and accreditation. It is all at risk. You’ll see.
Obergefell will also result in God-fearing laymen being dragged into court for trumped-up charges, such as those thrown at Aaron and Melissa Klein, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. Melissa has, by the way, not only been fined $135,000 for this “offense,” but has now been slapped with a gag order so she can’t even tell her side of the story. What ever happened to freedom of speech?
To continue, the Human Rights Campaign has recently sponsored HR 3185, which is beyond belief. It would allow gay and lesbian activists to persecute Americans in virtually every area of society, including employment, housing and public accommodations, credit, and dozens of other areas of civil life.
There is almost no limit to what will be imposed on the American public as a result of Obergefell. There is every indication that a barrage of court cases has been pre-planned and will be implemented against those who dare to disagree with the government’s view of marriage. Some will lose their jobs for failing to knuckle under.
Some will lose their professional licenses. Some will be persecuted, ridiculed and fined. Some will go to prison. After all, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is an inviolable Constitutional right that will trump other liberties considered untouchable for more than 200 years.
Didn’t we hear this same thing about the 2009 hate crimes law too? Has a single pastor been arrested for making anti-gay statements? Nope. Every day, ministers teach that gay people should be murdered and no one has ever been arrested for it. This is just a hysterical overreaction, but it’s one with a purpose. The way you bring in the money is by scaring the crap out of people. They have nothing to sell but fear itself.
I grieve over what will happen to kids in public schools. They will be taught that right is wrong and wrong is right, and that the teachings of Scripture are unreliable and inaccurate. How unthinkable it is that in some states kindergartners, barely out of babyhood, are being taught adult perverse behavior that should never be discussed in the classroom. Soon, publishers of public school textbooks throughout the country will have to re-write and re-illustrate materials to make them conform to the demands of Obergefell. It matters not that these revisions will contradict the beliefs and convictions of Christian parents. It has already become the law of the land in some states.
Schools teach all kinds of things that contradict the beliefs of Christian parents. You know why? Because Christian parents are often very wrong about a lot of things. The earth is not 6000 years old, for example, no matter how much they wish it was. Sorry, not sorry.
This is not the first time in recent history that children have been used as pawns in the hands of tyrants.
I’m reminded of the words of German dictator, Adolf Hitler, spoken as war in Europe approached. He said, “Your child belongs to us already . . . what are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community.”
Uh, James…Hitler was on your side when it came to being anti-gay bigots.